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    Week Ahead: Music

    Jeff Bridges and the Abiders at the Lebowski Fest on April 25 in Los Angeles.
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    Jeff Bridges and the Abiders at the Lebowski Fest on April 25 in Los Angeles.

    ROCK & POP

    NEWBURYPORT RIVERFRONT MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH TOAD THE WET SPROCKET Grab that last gasp of summer as independent radio station 92.5 The River (WXRV-FM) hosts its 13th annual free event on the scenic waterfront. Among those in the lineup are acclaimed local singer-songwriter Will Dailey, Boston indie-rock-popsters Air Traffic Controller, and terrific family roots band Delta Rae. Closing out the show will be ’90s favorites Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose “Walk on the Ocean” should sound picture perfect on the water. Aug. 30. 12 p.m. Waterfront Park. Free.

    JEFF BRIDGES AND THE ABIDERS The Dude comes to town not to talk about his latest role in “The Giver” but to play some music with his band, winkingly named for his catchphrase in “The Big Lebowski.” Bridges actually has released two solid solo albums, one in 2000 and another a few years back, following his Oscar-winning role as a country singer in “Crazy Heart.” Wonder if he’ll bring a rug? It could really tie the room together. Sept. 3, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$75. Wilbur Theatre. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.comSARAH RODMAN



    WILLIAM TOPLEY The enigmatic Topley tours infrequently stateside and doesn’t always make it to these parts, so this is a rare opportunity to hear his stately, resonant baritone and his distinctive Brit-take on American country, blues, folk, and other roots musics. Aug. 29, 9 p.m. Tickets: $20. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.


    RHYTHM & ROOTS FESTIVAL You might think it’s “dooks,” but up north they pronounce it “ducks.” Whichever way you go, Canadian folk fusionaires the Duhks are back to host this annual Labor Day festival. One of this year’s many attractions: a rare area appearance from Americana icon Jim Lauderdale. Aug. 29, 4 p.m., 30 and 31, 12 p.m. Tickets: $165 weekend pass, single-day passes available. Ninigret Park, Charlestown, R.I. 888-855-6940. www.rhythmandroots

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    MIKE BARNETT Before taking up with the Deadly Gentlemen, Barnett spent his teenage years playing fiddle with Jesse McReynolds, Tony Trischka, and other luminaries. He’s now left the Gents for solo endeavors, and this show celebrates the first fruits of that in a new CD, “One Song Romance,” as fine a collection of progressive string-band music as you’re likely to hear this year. Sept. 3, 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Lizard Lounge, Cambridge. 800-838-3006.

    JOE FLETCHER & THE WRONG REASONS Joe Fletcher’s new album, “You’ve Got the Wrong Man” (out late September), is a decided changeup from his last; it’s a stripped-down affair that the singer-songwriter made alone with his guitar and a field recorder. He’ll be playing in band (specifically, trio) mode Wednesday evening. Sept. 3, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Great Scott. 800-745-3000. www.ticketmaster.comSTUART MUNRO



    THE CHRISTIAN JACOB TRIO The French pianist and arranger directs jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s band and has worked with everyone from bebop’s Phil Woods to Broadway’s Betty Buckley. Here, his lyrical pianism comes to the fore with bassist John Lockwood and drummer Marcello Pellitteri. Aug. 28, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $15. Ryles, 212 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-876-9330,

    LEO BLANCO ENSEMBLE Venezuelan pianist and composer Blanco’s music is a beguiling mixture of his numerous influences, including classical, jazz, Afro-Latin, and especially the folkloric rhythms and melodies of his motherland. Aug. 29,
    10 p.m. No cover. Beat Hotel, 13 Brattle St., Cambridge. 617-499-0001,


    GREG ABATE & FRIENDS The marvelous multi-reedist played alto saxophone for the Ray Charles Orchestra and tenor sax with the revived Artie Shaw Orchestra. This quartet gig – with pianist Ben Cook, bassist John Lockwood, and drummer Artie Cabral – showcases his own distinctive post-bop style in a range of jazz classics and originals. Aug. 30, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15-$18. Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham. 508-405-2787,

    COCO MONTOYA The scintillating guitarist and singer began his blues career as a drummer in the band of Albert Collins, learning guitar first-hand from that Telecaster master. He later played a decade-long stint on guitar with John Mayall. Since going out on his own, he’s become one of blues music’s most dependably exhilarating performers. Aug. 30, 8 and
    10 p.m. $20-$30. Chan’s Fine Oriental Dining, 267 Main St., Woonsocket R.I. 401-765-1900,




    MUSIC & MORE This Berkshires festival, in its 23d season, presents concerts in the Meeting House on the village green in New Marlborough. Next up is a visit from the musicians of Aston Magna, who will offer instrumental and vocal chamber works by Bach, Rameau, Marin Marais, and Monteverdi. Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.

    PACIFICA QUARTET The Pacifica has won well-deserved praise for its performances and recordings of the string quartets of Elliott Carter. For this weekend’s recital at the longstanding New York chamber series Maverick Concerts, it places Carter’s Quartet No. 5 and his Two Fragments in the formidable company of Beethoven’s Quartet (Op. 135) as well as Mendelssohn’s F-minor Quartet (Op. 80).
    Aug. 31, 4 p.m. Maverick Concerts, Woodstock, NY. 845-679-8217,



    A FAR CRY Boston’s conductorless chamber orchestra heads north to Kneisel Hall, where it performs works by Biber, Mozart, Stravinsky, and Tchaikovsky. Aug. 29, 7:30. Kneisel Hall Chamber Music School and Festival, 137 Pleasant St, Blue Hill, Maine. 207-374-2811,




    CANCELED: ZZ TOP & JEFF BECK The long-bearded trio of Texas badasses team up with the British guitar hero for what should be an incendiary night of classic rock with plenty of room for the blues. Expect all the hits, Beck’s always interesting instrumental excursions, and for the trio to take the stage together at least for a few tunes. Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Tickets: $39.50-$75. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. 800-745-3000.

    Sarah Rodman